CAN THE LORD FEEL YOUR TOUCH? Andy Hollifield 2-17-19
Mark 5:30 And Jesus immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
What a story of great faith? Whether it was great faith or desperate faith I don’t know but I do know this; it was enough faith. In her desperate search for a cure for her condition, she had spent all that she had and tried many doctors and had only gotten worse. She had even suffered much at the hands of physicians. Twelve long years she had been searching for a remedy while suffering the whole time. For twelve long years she spent everything she had just trying to get better. For twelve long years she had suffered and for twelve long years, she had all but given up hope of ever being healed. I don’t know what all she had heard about Jesus but I know she had heard enough. She had heard enough that it was worth it to her to take one more chance. It was worth it to fight through that crowd and touch his clothes. She believed if she could just touch his clothes she would be made whole. Verse 33 of Mark 5 tells us that when she touched him, she felt something inside of herself change. She immediately felt the fountain of her blood dry up.
She wasn’t the only one that day that felt a change in themselves. Jesus stopped the crowd and asked who had touched him. In Luke 8, his disciples questioned him for asking because there was a whole multitude that was touching him. This touch had been different. It was a touch of faith. Although he knows everything, he asked so this lady would have opportunity to confess. When all others had denied, she came forward and told him her whole story. She had come fearing and trembling but Jesus told her to go in peace and to be whole of her plague because her faith had made her whole.
While that is a wonderful story of the power of the Lord, that isn’t what I want to focus on. Jesus made the point that he had felt virtue go out of him. Since he told her that her faith had made her whole, I am led to believe that genuine faith gets his attention. One of the definitions of virtue is power. She had enough faith in Jesus to extract power out of his body. My question is this, “Do we have enough faith to extract power from the Lord?” Have we touched him through prayer by faith enough for him to even notice? When was the last time we believed that much and had that kind of faith? Can we touch the Lord by our faith to where he is able to feel it in himself? Do we have enough faith to make our touch any different from all others? We can have. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Just like this lady, her faith in the Lord for what she hoped for produced the evidence of things not seen. No one else had felt it or seen it or knew it to be fact, but she did. Because she is the one that had the faith. Can we touch the Lord by faith enough for him to feel it? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!